E-discovery is being used far more in several regions in the world – beyond just the traditional strongholds of the United States and the United Kindgom, according to a new study.
The New Frontiers report by Kroll Ontrack notes how e-discovery is even being seen more frequently in use in Germany and Hong Kong – and other nations that do not require e-discovery under their laws.
The report also highlights predictive coding and its popularity in the UK, US and Europe.
“Predictive coding is here to stay. In the US and UK, for example, predictive coding is now used in almost every new matter,” says Tracey Stretton, director, Kroll Ontrack UK.
“The hottest topic in American e-discovery in the last 12 months was the expanded use of predictive coding (sometimes called technology assisted review or TAR),” the report reveals.
Over 40 percent of law firms and corporations used predictive coding on at least one matter in 2014, Kroll Ontrack reports in a survey.
Specifically, predictive coding is being used for early case assessment, discovery productions and pre-litigation investigation, the report adds.
Moreover, over 62 percent of law firms and corporations in Kroll Ontrack’s survey said “security concerns impact their e-discovery practices.”
Law firms also acknowledge they are a “‘back door’” to critical corporate information. U.S. courts also appear to encourage the use of predictive coding, as well.